MARK GALEA has a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts). His work characteristically presents the viewer with optical dilemmas created through the subtle manipulation of colour relationships. He delights in the potential of the square and the capacity for colour to generate meaning. With careful and disciplined application of monochromatic paints, he creates abstract forms that quiver and vibrate, setting up a rhythm produced by contrasting harmonious and discordant colours within the composition. There is a tension between movement and stillness, visual structure and imbalance. His works can be quiet and uplifting or vibrantly dynamic and strong.
Donald Laycock was born in 1931 and attended the National Gallery of Victoria Art School, graduating in 1953. He travelled and studied throughout Europe, principally in Spain, in 1966-67. His work first attracted attention in a group exhibition shared with Clifton Pugh, John Howley and Lawrence Daws at the Victorian Artists’ Society Galleries in 1955. His early interest in surrealist painting was succeeded by a later phase in which he sought to use his art to interpret problems relating to time and space. Amongst his commissioned works is a mural, Night Sky, for the Australian Pavilion at Expo ’67 in Montreal and another, Earth Fire, for the Australian pavilion at Expo ’69 in Osaka. His works are held in the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Galleries of NSW, South Australia and Western Australia. He is best known as the creator of the interior paintings of Hamer Hall, a huge concert hall in Melbourne.